Colorado Criminal Defense Blog

Boulder college student, 19, accused of child sex exploitation

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  • September
    2014

A Colorado conviction for child sexual offenses includes long-term, life-crippling penalties. Beyond imprisonment, an individual with a felony record may be denied education, jobs, credit and housing. Add to that misery a lifetime sex offender registration and supervision.

Criminal defense attorneys are highly aware of the seriousness of sex crime allegations. Lawyers also know evidence against defendants under these circumstances must be clear and convincing, beyond any reasonable doubt, to result in such harsh punishment. Flawed or false accusations can result in dropped or reduced charges, which can make a crucial difference in the years ahead.

Boulder judge: No bond hearing without competency result

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  • September
    2014

Although it may appear so to a defendant, the purpose of bail isn't to inflict punishment upon a person before a criminal case is decided. Bail is set to ensure that a Colorado defendant meets obligations in court. With few exceptions, according to the Boulder County Bar Association's Media Manual, bail is a criminal defendant's right.

Boulder prosecutors want a judge to revoke the $200,000 bond that has allowed a first-degree murder defendant to walk free for four months. The judge refused to proceed with a bond hearing until the 18-year-old defendant's competency for trial was resolved. Moving forward with the legal process before competency was established might compromise the defendant's constitutional rights, according to the judge's decision.

Colorado teen arrested following holiday crash that killed 2

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  • September
    2014

The calendar claims summer isn't quite gone but, for many people, the season switch happened when Boulder students returned to class. CNN filed a report before the start of the "100 deadliest" driving days of the year for teens – Memorial Day to Labor Day, when teen drivers and same-age passengers are more likely to be on the road for purposes other than attending school.

It's natural for teens and everyone else to want to enjoy the last days of vacation and summer with friends. However, teens' lack of experience and maturity may cause them to make poor choices, without considering long-term consequences. A high school student can feel compelled to test or break the rules.

University of Colorado student enters not guilty menacing plea

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  • August
    2014

Threatening harm to instill fear in a victim can be a crime. Menacing might be described as an assault by words or actions because in some cases, no injury actually occurs. For example, a stalker might be charged with menacing – the threat of violence is there without direct contact with a victim.

A University of Colorado student, accused of four felony menacing counts in late May, recently entered a not guilty plea. The case will move to trial in Boulder District Court next February. The continuing education student also was charged with a petty theft offense and misdemeanors for obstructing an officer and resisting arrest.

Menacing sentence deferred for ex-University of Colorado athlete

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  • August
    2014

Menacing, an action that knowingly instills fear of bodily harm in a victim, may or may not include physical contact. The method used to make someone else afraid can determine the severity of a menacing charge and may lead to charges for additional offenses. For instance, a stalker is likely to experience fewer consequences than someone who brandishes a weapon.

A former football player for the University of Colorado Boulder was arrested last winter at a party. The man allegedly choked a female party guest. Investigators used a Taser to control the ex-athlete when the man attempted to resist arrest and struck and slightly injured a police officer in the process.

DUI proof could upgrade Colorado driver’s assault charge

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  • August
    2014

Police investigators routinely perform toxicology tests upon drivers following motor vehicle accidents involving serious injuries and deaths. That may not mean intoxication is suspected. Many times, the tests are performed simply to rule out the possibility of a drunk driving accident.

At the same time, law enforcers may not wait for lab test results to consider filing accident-related DUI charges. A Boulder driver who appears impaired or fails a breath test potentially is up against very serious criminal charges.

Deportation worries plague Boulder refugee charged with assault

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  • August
    2014

Assaults are crimes of violence and therefore, are taken very seriously by Colorado prosecutors and judges. Depending upon the nature of the assault charges, a conviction can mean substantial prison time. The stakes can go even higher for defendants who are not U.S. citizens.

A political refugee from Libya who made international headlines in 2011 was jailed recently after her third Colorado arrest in less than two years. The woman, now 32, was granted U.S. asylum, after telling a group of international reporters she had been raped at a Libyan government security checkpoint. The refugee first lived in Denver and then moved to Boulder, where she ran into trouble with the law.

Boulder man accused of defrauding hospital to get painkillers

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  • August
    2014

Laws recognize substance addiction can contribute to the commission of a crime. Addiction does not excuse criminal activity although under certain circumstances, Colorado defendants are accepted into drug court programs. The intensive treatment and monitoring program can be an alternative to stiff punishments that fail to address the root of the problem.

Police recently brought charges against a 45-year-old Boulder County man, after hospital officials reported the man used deception to obtain painkillers. The complaint wasn't filed until Boulder Community Health learned the man was on probation for causing a multi-vehicle traffic accident in 2012. The injury accident occurred while the driver was under the influence of medical marijuana.

Boulder County ex-pastor sentenced in teen sex crimes case

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  • July
    2014

A Colorado defendant accused of a sexual offense can experience rapid, harsh backlash. The public's emotionally-charged response to allegations of sexual misconduct does not wait for proof of wrongdoing or a verdict. A criminal defense lawyer understands the high stakes – damage to reputation and personal and professional relationships.

A former youth pastor at a Boulder County church will spend the next two years in prison for a relationship he once had with a female churchgoer. The victim was 15 when the alleged misconduct began. The ex-youth pastor, now 35, is the son of the Vinelife Church's senior pastor.

Felony charges dropped in sensitive Colorado DUI fatality case

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  • July
    2014

The public -- not a jury -- is often the first to issue a judgment on whether a Boulder criminal defendant is guilty. Emotional responses can overlook facts. Those responses, however popular, may not exceed the boundaries of the law.

The district attorney in Colorado's 14th Judicial District recently wrote about a sensitive DUI case. The prosecutor explained why he chose to drop felony vehicular homicide and vehicular assault charges against a man who was driving while intoxicated. The defendant's truck hit a family crossing U.S. Highway 34 in July 2013, killing the father and seriously injuring the man's spouse and two children.